How to Order Food in GermanA Cappuccino to go, please!

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29.05.2022

How to order food in German is one of those skills that doesn't come to mind when you're at home studying vocabulary. But it will definitely come to mind when you are starting to feel hungry after a night out in Berlin.

In this blog post, we'll show you how to order food in German, no matter whether you like Argentinian steaks, Singaporian black pepper crab, or are on a strictly vegan diet.

How to Order Food

At a very basic level, ordering some food at a German takeaway goes something like this:

🧑🏻‍🦱Peter
Was darf's sein?
👱🏼‍♀️Amina
Ich hätte gerne eine Currywurst mit Pommes, bitte.
🧑🏻‍🦱Peter
Auch ein Brötchen dazu? Und die Pommes mit Mayo?
👱🏼‍♀️Amina
Oh ja, bitte!

Now that's at a Pommesbude: The langauge here is more casual and not very formal. You do find this kind of language in many German restaurants though, especially in Berlin.

How to Order Food at a Restaurant

🧑🏻‍🦱Peter
Guten Abend, wissen Sie schon was Sie möchten?
👱🏼‍♀️Amina
Ich denke schon. Ich hätte gerne den Hummer bitte.
🧑🏻‍🦱Peter
Gebraten oder gedünstet?
👱🏼‍♀️Amina
Gebraten, bitte.

How to Ask for the Bill

We wrote a whole article on how to ask for the bill in German, so you can check that out if you're interested.

A very basic example for asking for the bill goes like this:

🧑🏻‍🦱Peter
Was darf's sein?
👱🏼‍♀️Amina
Ich hätte gerne eine Currywurst mit Pommes, bitte.
🧑🏻‍🦱Peter
Auch ein Brötchen dazu? Und die Pommes mit Mayo?
👱🏼‍♀️Amina
Oh ja, bitte!

How to Order a Drink

🧑🏻‍🦱Peter
Was darf's sein?
👱🏼‍♀️Amina
Ich hätte gerne eine Currywurst mit Pommes, bitte.
🧑🏻‍🦱Peter
Auch ein Brötchen dazu? Und die Pommes mit Mayo?
👱🏼‍♀️Amina
Oh ja, bitte!
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